Bulimia nervosa, usually known as bulimia is an eating disorder. People who suffer from it, eat huge amounts of food and then they purge, feeling guilty and trying to get rid of extra calories. Some may exercise intensely, while others may force themselves to vomit. Sometimes, they purge even if they have eaten a small meal.
In other words, bulimia is a life-threatening easting disorder that has three primary symptoms such as:
- regular intake of huge amounts of food
- losing control over eating
- inappropriate and compensatory behaviors including vomiting, laxative and diuretic abuse, as well as compulsive exercise
- exaggerated concern with body weight and shape
Bulimia can become very severe if it’s not treated soon. The main warnings are:
- binge eating, meaning that food in large amounts is eaten very fast
- purging behaviours, such as frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, smells and signs of vomiting, as well as wrappers or packages of diuretics and laxatives
- swelling of the cheeks and jaw area
- rigid exercise regimen-despite weather, fatigue, illness, injury, the deep need to burn off calories as fast as taken in
- discoloration or staining of the teeth
- social withdraw even from close friends and family
- calluses on the back of knuckles and hands from self-indulged vomiting
- creating rituals to make time for eat a lot food and purge sessions
- generally, any other attitudes, behaviours that indicate weight loss, dieting, are sometimes the main concern
This disorder can harm your body very much. The first thing that happens is a damage of the entire digestive system and purge behaviors that lead to chemical and imbalances in the body. Then, this starts to affect other organs. The main consequences are:
- inflammation and potential rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting
- irregular heartbeats caused by electrolyte imbalances that can lead to heart failure and so, to death
- dehydration and loss of potassium
- tooth decay
- staining from stomach acids released during vomiting
- gastric rupture is less common, but not impossible, being caused by binge eating
Bulimia is also characterized by panic, which emerges when people include vomiting or start to take various laxatives and diuretics. Bulimia also means going on extreme diets, which also harms the body very much.
If you want to know if you’re bulimic, ask yourself a few questions such as:
1. Are you obsessed with your body weight?
2. 2. Is it food so important in your life that actually dominates it?
3. Are you afraid that once you start eating, you won’t be able to stop?
4. Do you eat very much and continually, even when you are sick?
5. Do you take laxatives or induce vomiting after eating to control your weight?
6. Do you feel ashamed or depressed after you eat?
Bulimia is difficult to overcome because it’s not related only to food, but more to self-image, Fortunately, an effective people and psychotherapy can help you avoid complications.